Originally Posted by pmsherman
Carbon zinc batteries leak acid that eats away the metal contacts of the battery case. Alkaline cells, when they leak, make a mess but rarely destroy the battery contacts.
If an alkaline cell leaks into the battery compartment, scrape away all of the white stuff you can with a toothpick then press a paper towel that's wet with vinegar into the area. If you listen carefully, you'll hear the vinegar reacting with the alkaline deposits left. When the crackling noise stops, wipe everything down with a water dampened towel and your battery box should be good to go again.
Good idea on the vinegar.
I used rubbing alcohol on a walkie talkie along with toothpicks and a pencil eraser on the terminals and saved the unit.
Chris in Virginia
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